Oscars 2015: Big Data number crunchers try their hand at calling the awards

February 21, 2015 1:01 PM

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As almost anyone who's ever joined an office pool can tell you, Oscar predictions are famously squishy affairs, likely to flummox even a sophisticated film fan.

But in recent years, Big Data has attempted to turn art into science. This year such efforts are more prolific than ever — and more relevant, with the battle for best picture (presumed by pundits to be between "Boyhood" and "Birdman") considered one of the more wide open in recent memory.

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